Organizing the Bathroom: Makeup in a Teacup

A year or two ago, I impulsively stopped at a yard sale on my way home from work — I had gotten off early for some reason, and of course decided that stopping at this yard sale was indispensable to my happiness (I’m hopeless like that).

I had a complete set of Churchill Blue Willow dishes, and I was just dying for ONE place setting of Red Willow — to use for special occasions, like birthdays.  But it was always too expensive for me to justify it.

Until that day. The woman had exactly one place setting — plate, cup, and saucer — for a dollar.  And my joy was made complete (as far as Red Willow goes, anyway).

The plate took up its rightful place in the cabinet with the blue plates.  The cup and saucer had a different destiny.

The cup was perfect for holding those small, unruly makeup tubes — concealer, mascara, chapstick, lip gloss, lipstick, eyeliner.  And the saucer provides a perfect temporary repository for earrings.  I’m too lazy to go back in the bedroom to put up the earrings before taking a shower in the evening, so this keeps them corralled until I get out and head back into the bedroom (or, as indicated by the number of earrings shown here, until I remember to put them up. Oops).

While the teacup is no longer a necessity since the new apartment has so many more bathroom drawers, I’ve gotten accustomed to having everything at hand. And the teacup makes me happy.

The basket was a “found item” — I think I got it back in high school, in one of those delightful table lots that you’ll sometimes end up with at an estate auction.  I actually had put it in a pile to get rid of, when it occurred to me that it might provide some nice little bathroom storage.  So it holds the larger makeup pieces that I don’t use quite as often — foundation, extra mascara, the Clinique face cleaner that I keep forgetting about.

So go rummage through your kitchen and give a mission to your forgotten teacups! Redeem a bored basket!  But don’t buy another one — unless you can get it for under a dollar. . . .

About Charity

I have an inexcusable number of cookbooks (and like to experiment with them), have worked in architectural antiques, and have been sewing most of my life. I recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Apparel, Merchandising, & Design from Iowa State University. Doing household things (except for cleaning!) and hunting for antiques are my favorite pastimes.
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4 Responses to Organizing the Bathroom: Makeup in a Teacup

  1. laurengracie says:

    You’re so freaking cute. And the teacup is adorable.

  2. What a simple and perfect idea… I love it!

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